Posted: Friday Jan 4, 2013
Jan. 4, 2013
Students returning to class at Saint Vincent College this spring may have been surprised to discover that a classroom hallway now looks like an art museum.
The transformation is the result of a project undertaken by graduates of the Class of 1977, coordinated by Dr. William Snyder, professor of English. As this class prepared to mark its 35th anniversary year at SVC’s October homecoming, Snyder thought that time was again right to get longtime alums to think about their legacy. A solicitation was mailed in the spring of 2012, and donors have thus far contributed several thousand dollars to make the vision possible.
“Decoration makes the hallway a more intellectually stimulating place,” Snyder said. Similar projects he has overseen since 2003 have provided classrooms in Alfred, Placid and Headmasters Hall with classic art reproductions. The 2012 project identified the 4th floor of Alfred Hall as a good place to hang replicas of 42 world-renowned paintings. Because the area houses the Modern and Foreign Languages Department, the design was to focus on famous art located in European countries whose languages are taught at Saint Vincent. Works from the Louvre, the Prado, the Museé d’Orsay, the Vienna Museum and the Sistine Chapel line each 140-foot wall, allowing the extensive corridor to feel like an art gallery.
The project links the past with the present, and will last long into the future. “Students walking the hallway today will see plaques that mark the contribution of the 1977 group. Current students may feel a sense of connection to their forebears, and appreciate the idea that persons long gone from the campus still care about college learning spaces, and, indirectly, about young men and women walking these halls so many decades later,” Snyder stated.
Professor and Chair of Modern and Classical Languages Dr. Doreen Blandino remarks, “My colleagues and students love the hallway. Thanks to the gift from the class of ‘77 we are able to give the students a beautiful view of the world and better understanding of other cultures. The space has come alive as the images have transformed our hallway and deepened our perceptions and emotions.¡ My students are more engaged with the material because I am able to connect many of the works to our cultural readings during my French and Spanish classes.”
“The hallway space is itself a ‘teachable moment,’” Snyder added.
Assisting in implementing the project was a campus committee which included persons from the alumni office, the gifts and grants office, the Foreign Languages Department, and the Facilities Management Office. The works themselves are either poster prints, giclée prints, or laminates varying in size from 15”x23” to 48”x72”. Featured pieces are by Monet, Van Gogh and Signac.
“Research shows that the environment has measurable impacts on student learning,” noted Dr. John Smetanka, vice president for academic affairs. “The addition of the art will most certainly have a positive impact on the learning environment.”
The newly-decorated hallway is located on the fourth floor of Alfred Hall. The artwork includes the following: À L’egide de Minerve (The Shelter of Minerva) Leonard Defrance, ca. 1780; Annunciazione (The Annunciation) Leonardo da Vinci, 1472-75; Antibes, Nuage Rose (Pink Clouds at Antibes) Paul Signac, 1916; Buildings Along Uffizi Museum, Ponte Vecchio, Arno River, Florence, Tuscany, Italy; Café Terrace, Place Du Forum, Arles (Terrace Café in the Place du Forum at Arles) Vincent Van Gogh; Four Trees, Egon Schiele, 1917; Gare St. Lazare (The Station at Saint Lazare) Claude Monet, 1877; Jardin de Voie Giverny (Lane in the Garden at Giverny) Claude Monet, 1902; The Kiss, Gustav Klimt, c. 1907; La Grande Galerie dans les Ruines (The Great Gallery in Ruins) Hubert Robert, 1798; La Montagne Sainte-Victoire au Grand Pin (Mont Sainte-Victoire with Large Pine Tree), Paul Cezanne, 1887; Le Bal au Moulin De La Galette (The Ball at Pancake Mill) Pierre-August Renoir, 1886; Les Coquelicots à Argenteuil (Poppies in Argenteuil) Claude Monet, 1886; Les raboteuses à parquet, (The Floor Planers), Gustave Caillebotte, 1875; L'ingresso di Alessandro Magno a Babilonia (The Entrance of Alexander the Great into Babylon), Gasparo Diziani, ca. 1750; Love, Gustav Klimt, 1895; Museum of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria; Paysage vu d'une fenetre (Tangiers) (Window View in Tangiers) Henri Matisse, 1912; Rinaldo abbandona armada (Rinaldo Abandoning Armada) Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, 1757; San Benedetto (Saint Benedict) Hans Memling, 1487; Vase with White, Red and Blue Lilies and Iris, Hugo van der Goes, ca. 1470; Volta della cappella sistina, (Ceiling, Sistine Chapel) Michelangelo; Argenteuil, Claude Monet, circa 1872-5; El bautismo de Cristo (The Baptism of Christ) El Greco, 1609; El triunfo de la muerte (The Triumph of Death) Pieter Brueghel el Viejo, 1562; Façade du musée du Louvre (Façade of the Louvre) Paris, France, Fachada de museo, Museo del Prado (The Façade of the Prado Museum) Madrid, España, Felipe II ofreciendo a su hijo a la Victoria (Felipe the Second offering his Son to Victory) Tiziano, 1575; Jean-Jacques Rousseau méditant dans le parc de La Rochecordon (Jean-Jacques Rousseau meditating in the Park of Rochecordon) Alexandre Hyacinthe Dunouy, 1770; Jeunes filles au piano (Young Girls at the Piano) Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1892; La cacciata de Adamo ed Eva dal paradiso terrestre (The expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise) Michelangelo Buonarrotti, 1538-1541; La fábula de Aracne o las hilanderas, (The fable of Arachne, or the Appreciators) Diego Velázquez, 1857; La Tormenta (The Storm) Francisco de Goya, 1788; Le Cirque (The Circus) Georges Seurat, 1891; Le Radeau de La Méduse (The Raft of the Medusa) Théodore Géricault, 1819; Mare aux nénuphars: Rose harmonie (Water Lilies: Rose Harmony) Claude Monet, 1900; Philosophe en meditation (Philosopher in Meditation) Rembrandt van Rijn, 1632; Portrait de Madame Recamier (A Portrait of Mrs. Racamier) Jacques-Louis David, 1800; Sacre de l'empereur Napoléon et couronnement de l'impératrice Joséphine (Blessing of the emperor Napoleon and crowning of Joséphine as Empress) Jacques-Louis David, 1805-07; Sacrificio di Noè, Cappella Sistina (The Sacrifice of Noah in the Sistine Chapel) Michelangelo Buonarrotti, 1538-1541; and Tahitien idylle, deux femmes de paysages paradisiaques avec Orange chien (Tahitian Idyll: Two Women in Paradise with Orange Dog) Paul Gauguin, 1892.
The hallway and its artwork are open to the public.
Photo: Reproductions of art by da Vinci, Monet, Matisse, Cezanne, Renoir, Michelangelo, Van Gogh and others add a gallery appearance to the fourth floor hallway in Alfred Hall at Saint Vincent College.
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